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NEW - Back to Basics:  10 Facts Every Person Should Know About Back Pain

NEW - Back to Basics: 10 Facts Every Person Should Know About Back Pain

Testimonial:

Excellent value for my practice.  Wendy September, Physiotherapist, Cape Town


Low back pain (LBP) is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is often associated with costly, ineffective and sometimes harmful care.  In this short online course, we identify 10 common unhelpful beliefs about LBP and outline how they may influence behavioural and psychological responses to pain. We counter with 10 important facts about LBP, calling on clinicians to incorporate these into their interactions with patients. The infographic is designed for the public use.

*Fast track = fast track your learning with our short online courses

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 1

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 1

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 2

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 2

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain:  Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 3

Prevention and Treatment of Low Back Pain: Evidence, Challenges and Promising Directions - Part 3

Many clinical practice guidelines recommend similar approaches for the assessment and management of low back pain. Recommendations include use of a biopsychosocial framework to guide management with initial nonpharmacological treatment, including education that supports self-management and resumption of normal activities and exercise, and psychological programmes for those with persistent symptoms. 

However, globally, gaps between evidence and practice exist, with limited use of recommended first-line treatments and inappropriately high use of imaging, rest, opioids, spinal injections, and surgery. The advances with the greatest potential are arguably those that align practice with the evidence, reduce the focus on spinal abnormalities, and ensure promotion of activity and function, including work participation. 

We have identified effective, promising, or emerging solutions that could offer new directions.

3

CEUs

400.00

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All you ever wanted to know about back pain

All you ever wanted to know about back pain

Testimonials:

"This article has changed the way which I see low back pain as a therapist, it has given more insight into how to approach low back pain.  Also enlightened the things to take into consideration as one begin with subjective assessment and also how to explain or make a patient to understand low back pain."  Lisa Shongwe, Physiotherapist, Nelspruit 

"I realized that some of the advice we give our patients often put them more into a psychological fear of pain."  Dwayne Phillips, Physiotherapist, Cape Town

Excellent value for my practice.  Johanna Pretorius, Physiotherapist, George

Easy to read and very convincing!!  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek

Excellent value for my practice.  Heather Auditore, Physiotherapist, Groot Jongensfontein 

Excellent value for my practice.  Carin McDonald, Physiotherapist, George

Excellent value for my practice.  Amy Smythe, Physiotherapist, Ladysmith 

Excellent value for my practice.  Lenaka Simon Kekana, Physiotherapist, Pretoria

Good value for my practice.  Lizette lutz, Physiotherapist, Swellendam 

Good value for my practice.  Jo-ane Paulsen, Physiotherapist, George 

Good value for my practice.  Wilma Stevens, Physiotherapist, Oudtshoorn 


Both misunderstood and mismanaged, low back pain is a huge source of suffering for many people worldwide. Here’s the up-to-date knowledge on the condition and some advice on the steps people can take to help themselves. Low back pain is common and recurrent, but rarely serious.

3

CEUs

400.00

Treating Low Back Pain  - A Multimodal Treatment Approach

Treating Low Back Pain - A Multimodal Treatment Approach

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch

Excellent value for my practice.  Dr Jacques Bezuidenhout, Chiropractor, Centurion


We all know that exercise is good for us. As therapists, we often use exercise to reduce patients’ acute and chronic pain.

But what if your patients can’t exercise or function because pain inhibits their movement? How often do your patients just want to give up on their exercise programme because of this? And how frustrating is it for you not to be able to use your skills as a physiotherapist to the fullest extent possible?

This online course describes a multi-modal treatment approach: an evidence-based approach for managing neuromusculoskeletal disorders with special reference to low back pain sufferers. The approach utilizes therapeutic pain science education, manual therapy (including dynamic oscillatory physiological movements), passive accessory mobilization, and exercise therapy. This online course draws on a powerful combination of clinical expertise and unique techniques which provide effective treatment for back pain.


3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 1

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 1

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dr Jacques Bezuidenhout, Chiropractor, Centurion

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch 

Gave me such structure to evaluations.  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek 

Good value for my practice.  Heidi Gouws, Physiotherapist, Port Alfred


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function.

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.


3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 2

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 2

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch 

Very good information.  Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible. 

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function. 

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.



3

CEUs

400.00

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 3

Management of Mechanical Low Back Pain. A Comprehensive Approach: Part 3

Testimonials:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch

Excellent value for my practice.  Annamey Graham, Physiotherapist, Windhoek


Here’s a method that’s been proved to assist millions of people worldwide to reduce and eliminate musculoskeletal disorders - empowering patients to take control of their own symptoms and management, getting them pain free as quickly and cost effectively as possible. 

It can also establish a patient’s directional preference and determine movements likely to help abolish the pain and restore function. 

This three-part course, which must be taken together, is a must for any professional who treats back and neck pain.



3

CEUs

400.00

The Effectiveness of Generalised and Specific Lumbar/Cervical Mobilisation on Pain and ROM

The Effectiveness of Generalised and Specific Lumbar/Cervical Mobilisation on Pain and ROM

What interventions do you use to treat spinal pain? Joint mobilisation? Anything else? Do you focus on a specific level? Why? Is there perhaps a better way to do things?

The problem with joint mobilisation is that – on its own – it’s not all that well understood, which could be why it is routinely used in conjunction with other interventions. There is also a great deal of controversy about the role of ‘specific level’ techniques in producing benefit.


This course will examine the effects of a single session of joint mobilization on pain at rest and with most painful movement, and compare the effects when joint mobilization is provided to a specific or non-specific spinal level.

3

CEUs

400.00

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for Vertebral Conditions - Part 1

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for Vertebral Conditions - Part 1

What role does the muscular system play in the control of activity throughout the body? What are the several causes for abnormal afferent input from the spine? What is the theory behind PNF?

Part 1 of this course provides the theoretical background to PNF. When discussing the use of PNF techniques for the treatment of patients with vertebral disorders, it is wise to consider the abnormal. Part 1 of this course will provide you with everything you need to know about PNF, including muscle physiology and function; neurophysiology and neuropathology of the neuromusculoskeletal system; and the effect of pain on muscle activity. It also provides a review of PNF techniques and their applications.

Part 2 helps you put what you have learned in part one into practice. It is fully illustrated with most of the PNF techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as peripheral joints. All figures contain detailed explanations for the use of each technique. It also covers the effect pain has on muscle activity and how PNF techniques address this problem.

3

CEUs

400.00

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for Vertebral Conditions - Part 2

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation for Vertebral Conditions - Part 2

What role does the muscular system play in the control of activity throughout the body? What are the several causes for abnormal afferent input from the spine? What is the theory behind PNF?

Part 1 of this course provides the theoretical background to PNF. When discussing the use of PNF techniques for the treatment of patients with vertebral disorders, it is wise to consider the abnormal. Part 1 of this course will provide you with everything you need to know about PNF, including muscle physiology and function; neurophysiology and neuropathology of the neuromusculoskeletal system; and the effect of pain on muscle activity. It also provides a review of PNF techniques and their applications.

Part 2 helps you put what you have learned in part one into practice. It is fully illustrated with most of the PNF techniques for the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as peripheral joints. All figures contain detailed explanations for the use of each technique. It also covers the effect pain has on muscle activity and how PNF techniques address this problem.

3

CEUs

400.00

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 1

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 1

The successful management of chronic low back pain conditions greatly depends on the accurate identification and classification of subgroups within the population who respond to specific interventions. An individual motor learning exercise approach, designed to enhance segmental spinal control for patients with clinical stability, is a logical management strategy for this condition.

The success of this approach depends on the skill and ability of the physiotherapist to accurately identify the clinical pattern and specific motor control dysfunction present and to facilitate the correction of the faulty movement strategies. It will also be greatly influenced by the severity of the patient’s condition and their level of compliance. Research is currently ongoing to determine the validity of the different movement disorders proposed. Evidence for the efficacy of this approach is growing.

3

CEUs

400.00

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 2

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 2

The successful management of chronic low back pain conditions greatly depends on the accurate identification and classification of subgroups within the population who respond to specific interventions. An individual motor learning exercise approach, designed to enhance segmental spinal control for patients with clinical stability, is a logical management strategy for this condition.

The success of this approach depends on the skill and ability of the physiotherapist to accurately identify the clinical pattern and specific motor control dysfunction present and to facilitate the correction of the faulty movement strategies. It will also be greatly influenced by the severity of the patient’s condition and their level of compliance. Research is currently ongoing to determine the validity of the different movement disorders proposed. Evidence for the efficacy of this approach is growing.

3

CEUs

400.00

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 3

Clinical Instability of the Lumbar Spine - Part 3

The successful management of chronic low back pain conditions greatly depends on the accurate identification and classification of subgroups within the population who respond to specific interventions.An individual motor learning exercise approach, designed to enhance segmental spinal control for patients with clinical stability, is a logical management strategy for this condition.

The success of this approach depends on the skill and ability of the physiotherapist to accurately identify the clinical pattern and specific motor control dysfunction present and to facilitate the correction of the faulty movement strategies. It will also be greatly influenced by the severity of the patient’s condition and their level of compliance. Research is currently ongoing to determine the validity of the different movement disorders proposed. Evidence for the efficacy of this approach is growing.

3

CEUs

400.00

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 1

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 1

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Candice Hall, Biokineticist, Cape Town

Good value for my practice.  Nadia Ferreira, Physiotherapist, Mtunzini 

Good value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotherapist, Kroonstad 

Good value for my practice.  Reinette Hattingh, Physiotherapist, Pretoria  

Good value for my practice.  Rifqa Korabie, Physiotherapist, Wellington

Excellent value for my practice.  Surene Janse van Vuuren, Biokineticist, Brakpan


We all know that physical factors impact joint motion. But what factors influence the actual mechanics of the joint? Are they purely “mechanical”, or could something else be at play?

This course briefly outlines the assessment findings and the principles for management of the various factors that impact function of the SIJ. It also provides a comprehensive methodology for the effective management of pelvic pain and dysfunction.


3

CEUs

400.00

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 2

The Sacro-Iliac Joint - Part 2

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotherapist, Kroonstad 

Good value for my practice. Surene Janse van Vuuren, Biokineticist, Brakpan

 

We all know that physical factors impact joint motion. But what factors influence the actual mechanics of the joint? Are they purely “mechanical”, or could something else be at play?

This course briefly outlines the assessment findings and the principles for management of the various factors that impact function of the SIJ. It also provides a comprehensive methodology for the effective management of pelvic pain and dysfunction

3

CEUs

400.00

Low Back Related-Leg Pain

Low Back Related-Leg Pain

Testimonial:

Excellent value for my practice.  Dieketseng Moloi, Physiotheraist, Kroonstad

 

Low back pain and leg pain, like love and marriage, usually go together like a horse and carriage. The key for the practitioner is to differentiate between the two in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and identify the underlying pathology.

This course introduces a systematic approach to assist with the diagnosis and classification of LBP patients in order to provide a more effective, appropriate treatment.

3

CEUs

400.00

Taping for Pain Relief of Spinal Conditions

Taping for Pain Relief of Spinal Conditions

Testimonial:

Good value for my practice.  Khumbuza Reagan Cele, Physiotherapist, Stellenbosch

 

Low back pain can be difficult to treat. Management of chronic low back pain and leg pain requires a multifactorial approach. This course will not only help you to identify the underlying causative factors of LBP, but will also provide you with techniques that will enable you to assist patients to increase their active control of the passively unstable and associated areas in a way that will minimise symptom reoccurrences. Add an important modality to your tool box.

3

CEUs

400.00

Muscle Energy Techniques:  Lower Quarter: Piriformis and Quadratus Lumborum

Muscle Energy Techniques: Lower Quarter: Piriformis and Quadratus Lumborum

Testimonials:

Excellent value for my practice.  Sherril Hulett, Physiotherapist, Cape Town 

Excellent value for my practice.  Anja Marais, Biokineticist, Somerset West

 

This illustrated on-line course covers the assessment, interpretation and treatment of the following short/tight muscles:

  • Piriformis
  • Quadrates lumborum

3

CEUs

400.00